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Water waste detectives

Sharing best practice is key to our approach to eliminating water waste across our breweries. The team at our Dazhulin brewery, China, cut water use by 18% in just four months, without significant investment.

Our dedicated team at the Dazhulin brewery in China has made it their mission to dramatically reduce water waste. The brewery, one of our priority sites for water risk, is located within the Yangtze river basin.

The team scrutinised brewing and packing processes, checked all water pipes to detect any leaks, inefficiencies or blind spots, and installed more water meters to get a fuller picture of water use in specific areas of production.

They also asked employees at every level to use their experience to share ideas for saving water. Based on this analysis, the team introduced measures such as reusing water in cleaning processes and using less water in bottle washing and pasteurisation. These have delivered big results for little additional cost.

In just four months, the team reduced water used in beer production by 18% – from 2.7 to 2.2 hl/hl. Dazhulin’s striking success brings the brewery close to achieving our 2022 target to explore going below 2.0 hl/hl at sites in areas of high water risk. We are now sharing the team’s approach and lessons learned as best practice across our breweries.

OTHER EXAMPLES OF HOW WE WILL REACH ZERO WATER WASTE BY 2030

Improving water quality and access in Vietnam

Improving water quality and access in Vietnam

In 2020, we put our commitment to safeguard shared water resources into action – bringing clean water at the turn of a tap to almost 20,000 people in Vietnam.

Halving water usage at Fredericia brewery

Halving water usage at Fredericia brewery

Developing a sustainable tomorrow can only happen together. In 2019 we announced an ambitious project at our Fredericia brewery, the result of public-private partnership with DRIP in Denmark. It will use innovative water recycling technology to reuse 90% of process water, providing learnings for our other wastewater treatments around the world.

Making contaminated water drinkable in India

Making contaminated water drinkable in India

We’re working with Desolenator to bring clean water to a town in West Bengal, protecting the resources we share.